Andrew Trench, Digital Editor at Times Media Group, believes that the incident was an Uber-targetted attack.
Timeslive reports that Andrew Trench‚ Digital Editor at Times Media Group hailed an Uber after returning from Joburg at around 20:00. Three men surrounded the Uber, two grabbed the driver and attempted to pull him out of the car. Trench suspects this was an Uber-targetted attack, saying:
“It’s definitely like an Uber thing‚ it wasn’t like a normal hijacking.”
The hijackers drove off with the driver still in the vehicle and after Trench had given his statement to the cops, the hijacked Uber vehicle bizarrely came back round. Trench contacted Uber through their app and inform them of the incident.
Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said the driver was safe and that he was with the police‚ giving a statement.
An Uber spokesperson told TMG Digital: “The threats and intimidation against people who want to use the Uber platform is unacceptable. We are deeply committed to the safety of riders and drivers and we take any incident where safety is compromised very seriously. We have been in touch with the rider and driver to offer our support and an investigation into the incident is under way.”